The Association for Play Therapy (APT) is a national professional society established in 1982 to foster contact among mental health professionals interested in exploring and, when developmentally appropriate, applying the therapeutic power of play to communicate with and treat clients, particularly children.

Resources for Those Impacted by School Shootings

APT strongly condemns violence against humanity, especially children. We mourn the most recent school shootings and all senseless acts of violence throughout the world.

APT is committed to continuing our role of providing relevant resources to our members. We encourage our members to continue to provide high quality mental health services and strong advocacy for their clients.

In these troubled times, we are collectively committed to an ethic of personal and professional responsibility and engagement with our respective communities. We encourage our members to be demonstrably self-reflective, dedicated to social awareness, and practice self-care. We offer the following resources for your consideration:

Association News

APT Journal Highlight

Featured in Vol.27, No.2 of the International Journal of Play Therapy®, “Practitioner Experiences of Touch in Working With Children in Play Therapy,” Janet A. Courtney, PhD, LCSW, RPT-S and Angela F. Y. Siu, PhD, RP, explore the concept of touch. The article addresses the lack of literature, research, and professional concerns on touch, focusing on mental health professionals’ attitudes, perception, and education on touch. To read the full article log in to the American Psychological Association (APA) website using the email APT has on file.

Win an Apple Watch

This year’s membership campaign is well underway! For every new member you refer, APT will enter your name in a drawing for a chance to win one of three prizes!

  • Amazon Echo
  • $200 Visa gift card
  • Apple watch

Your APT State Branch can win too! The branch with the highest percentage (minimum 15%) increase of professional members will enjoy a $500 food and beverage credit at the 2018 Annual APT Conference.

APT Member Privacy

Did you know?

You have the option to manage your profile privacy settings on the APT website. Simply log in to your APT profile, click “Manage Profile” at the top right-hand corner, then “Edit Bio” under “Information & Settings.” By clicking on the lock icon, you choose what information to display on the Find A Play Therapist Directory.

Updates to Privacy Policy
Your personal information and data privacy and security are important to us. We are updating our privacy policy on May 24, 2018. You can view the new privacy policy here. Our updates will give you additional clarity over how we collect and use your personal information and data. Our policy updates are intended to provide you with more control over your personal information and data that we collect and use, all in support of the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). We hope you'll find these updates reinforce our commitment to your data privacy and security. If you have any questions or comments, send us a message at
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